Definition of 'dampen'
Video: pronunciation of 'dampen'
Example sentences containing 'dampen'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
He said price growth in excess of earnings rises had dampened demand. The Sun (2016)The aim was to dampen demand from the buy-to-let sector and free more stock for those struggling to get on to the property ladder. Times, Sunday Times (2017)But that does not seem likely to dampen the excitement. The Sun (2011)Yet this has done little to dampen demand. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Not that this seems to have dampened his enthusiasm. STUART: A Life Backwards (2005)Record high house prices are also dampening demand. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It may take more than a slump in the housing sector to dampen that enthusiasm. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But that failed to dampen his enthusiasm. The Sun (2012)Increase the intensity of the colour by dampening your brush slightly before applying to give an opaque finish. The Sun (2014)It would take more than that to dampen her enthusiasm about the prospect of a week in the sunshine. The Sun (2008)It has not dampened my enthusiasm. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Over the years, the quintet have regularly dampened speculation about any reunion. The Sun (2013)Such self-indulgent interludes succeeded only in dampening crowd excitement. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We get in the car, the frisson slightly dampened. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But that hasn't dampened the excitement of the rival fans. The Sun (2011)Two factors have dampened demand in Turkey. Times, Sunday Times (2015)For best results, slightly dampen the surface first. Times, Sunday Times (2013)More courses are closing than opening, dampening demand for carts. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Dad took that quite well and it didn't dampen his enthusiasm. The Sun (2015)M&S will caution that higher mortgage payments and household bills have combined with nervousness about the economy to dampen confidence and make trading conditions tough. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The felt absorbed the dye when dipped into it; pressure on the wooden block forced it into the slightly dampened fabric. A Plague of Angels (1993)Punters expected earnings to have been pressured by unseasonably warm weather in Europe and production to have been hit by dampened demand and disposals. Times, Sunday Times (2012)A weaker economy will reduce business activity and dampen demand for office, retail and commercial space. Times, Sunday Times (2007)There is the inevitable warning about a Brexit, which certainly would have a dampening effect on demand. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The slide came on fears that China's government may try to dampen its runaway economy and clamp down on share speculation. The Sun (2007)One of the City's most influential regulators has dampened speculation that there will be a resurgence in merger and takeover activity next year. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I would serve it with a slight chill, not least to dampen the excitement, which might get too much. The Sun (2008)
Trends of 'dampen'
Used Occasionally. dampen is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'dampen'
British English: dampen VERB
To dampen something such as someone's enthusiasm or excitement means to make it less lively or intense.
Nothing seems to dampen his perpetual enthusiasm.
Definition of dampen from the Collins English Dictionary
Fed up with the great British weather? Here’s how to afford that dream summer escape
From planning early to knowing where to look, these top tips will help you fulfil your summer holiday desires
The etymology behind 4 eggs-ellent Springtime words
We’ve explored the diverse etymology of 4 eggs-ellent words associated with spring.
Up Lit, Alexa Laugh & Meet Me at McDonald’s Hair: March’s Words In The News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this March with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.